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Mick-LuciferPosted: 08/31/2014 01:34 PMStatus ::
Whos Next? 6 Character Boot Teaser Sparks Footprint Analysis

You know what they say about a fighter's shoe... It's a clue as to who they are! These boots are made for fighting and they're the latest Twitter tease from Mortal Kombat X Creative Director @noobde [aka; Ed Boon]. Note: Scroll to the bottom for new developments in the case!

The color-obscured fan bait came just in time, as a modest showing at PAX Prime stoked the fires of desire in a hungry audience. More footage of recent additions Raiden & Kano continued to promote the 2015 fighter, which featured the latest instalment in its reveal cycle earlier in the month at Gamescom.


Click To Enlarge: What's black and white and has six feet?...

With Mortal Kombat X promising the biggest cast of new playable characters -- the feet pictured may be clues to an unsolvable puzzle. That hasn't stopped fans trying to guess who the feet belong to, however, with design traits pointing the way to a shortlist of speculative stalwarts and requested returns.

We've entertained many potential theories and compared each boot to dozens of recent and past character designs. We haven't been able to rule out themes like second generation fighters, or never before seen fighters. These are just some of the notes being passed around the Mortal Kombat Online staff room:

Exhibit AExhibit A (Quan Chi)
Footprint Matches: Scorpion, Baraka
Kommunity Picks: Quan Chi, Havik, Reiko

Skulls are the type of macabre motif that can show up on just about any malevolent MK character! Scorpion has most identifiably worn skulls on his knees (or boots) throughout the previous generation. It started with the abstract skulls of Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, and continued with designs more similar to Exhibit A in both his primary and secondary 2011 looks. Also wearing this style in 2011 was Baraka, whose boot design included a very similar skull on the knee guard.

Reiko has never worn skulls, but his arguably definitive Armageddon design used that MK4 ending to fashion him in homage to Emperor Shao Kahn. Kahn is famous for his skull-faced helmet, and with the Outworld throne a subject MKX will tackle, a skull laden Reiko may be ripe for an all-new tribute tour!

Exhibit BExhibit B
Footprint Matches: Scorpion, Jax
Kommunity Picks: Quan Chi, Kabal

Is it a coat hem, cape, or just indistinguishable background? The dark patch at the top of Exhibit B is potentially its most distinct feature. We couldn't match the strapped sturdy boot to any character in particular, but it does share traits in common -- notably the location of the straps -- with MKX's buckle frenzied Scorpion. Exhibit B appears more understated, however, diminishing that significance.

Kabal has been a popular fan pick, no doubt inspired by the impression of a long coat and the modern simplicity of the boot. Quan Chi possessed strapping in his 2011 foot attire, which was otherwise a simple leather pull on. The heft of Exhibit B calls back to Chi's Deadly Alliance look, but we see this as a non-specific.

Exhibit CExhibit C (Liu Kang)
Footprint Matches: Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Ashrah, Shujinko Kommunity Picks: Fujin, Kai

The distinct binding and slipper of Exhibit C immediately conjures images of the fighting Shaolin Monks. Liu Kang has worn variations on the style throughout his existence, becoming more Shaolin and less Bruce Lee with his later appearances. Kung Lao shared the strapped Shaolin slipper in his 2011 alt. Their popularly requested MK4 allies - Kai & Fujin -- both have reasons to share this aesthetic, but haven't to date appeared in anything exactly like this.

The impression of scale has been a talking point for Mortal Kombat Online staff and fans alike. This foot certainly appears smaller in size. A young and/or female character are popular points of speculation that fit the generational themes of MKX's 25 year storyline. The bloodline of "The Great" Kung Lao introduced one of the first generational ideas through Liu Kang (and Kung Lao) in the original games. We haven't seen reincarnation as much as you might expect from a series constantly killing and resurrecting its characters. Liu Kang & Kung Lao both died in 2011 without any news of procreation. Being reborn could be an interesting possible twist.

Exhibit DExhibit D (Kitana)
Footprint Matches: Sheeva
Kommunity Picks: Tanya, Mileena

Split-toed footwear and a two-toed being are both distinct possibilities here. We've struggled to definitively say, one way or the other. The simple anklet speaks directly to Sheeva, whose designs universally leave her Shokan foot exposed with only shin/ankle guarding. The slight nature of Exhibit D most specifically harkens back to the original MK3 Sheeva, who wore modest silver anklets. A new Shokan daughter - perhaps of Goro or Sheeva - is a distinct possibility, but Sheeva never had the bulk of her male counterparts, so we're not jumping to conclusions based on scale.

In the event the tabi toe is built into a sock - we like a lot of the kommunity suggestions. The simple elegance of metal accoutrement on legging may fit a revamped design for much-requested Edenian ambassador's daughter Tanya. Other ninja-esque women like Kitana or Skarlet would also look at home in such attire.

Exhibit EExhibit E (Jax)
Footprint Matches: Jax, Quan Chi
Kommunity Picks: Kano, Tremor

There's an obvious military sensibility about the boot with spat and steel toe. Jax wore something similar in his 2011 alternate costume. The Special Forces Major is a natural for this type of gear, but he did suffer an untimely demise with many other heroes in the last game. Resurrections aren't out of the question, but like other picks, this could very well be a second generation or brand new fighter, rather than the obvious returning options.

Kano wears commando boots in his revealed MKX design. This could be a very suitable alternate costume. In the future of 25 years later, who knows what fashions have overtaken. Perhaps former cops or Earthrealm survivors have taken to wearing protecting boots. Tremor is an inescapable fan request whose Black Dragon ties could apply. The boot also bears some resemblance to Quan Chi in his unreleased MKvsDC design.

Exhibit FExhibit F (Kung Jin)
Footprint Matches: Chameleon, Scorpion
Kommunity Picks: Shinnok, Ermac

Despite the agonizing sense we've seen these shin guards before, no specific reference came to us at the time of this writing. The strapped-on look of rigid guards recalls MK4's ninja designs, and the simple orientation of what appears to be an emblem is vaguely reminiscent of Armageddon's retro-inspired Chameleon. A similar design was worn on the knees by Khameleon in her Nintendo exclusive 2006 appearance. We're really grasping at straws with that one, though.

The vague appearance of the logo raises suggestions of Ermac's recent designs, or even Sheeva's MK2011 Draco medallion - give or take an appendage. The popular choice of the community has been Shinnok, but we can't say there's any specific reference to the fallen Elder God in anything picture here.

The presence of something very close to the leg -- another warrior's leg, or an obscured weapon -- is of little help. We can't confidently identify what it is, suggesting perhaps a trick of perspective and another warrior back to back, or beside the foreground subject. Someone with a female ally, perhaps? We don't know!

Update Sep. 17: Are these new characters or are they old? The big man has revealed the six characters featured are a mixture of old and new! This confirms many suspicions, but only broadens the speculation!

Got theories about who each boot belongs to? Register to join the footprint analysis on the forum! Get a taste for how it was done by flashing back to another leg teaser - from 2010! Then dive head-first into all the top stories and speculation on the Mortal Kombat X forum!

lmortexPosted: 08/29/2014 08:53 PMStatus ::


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FOOT SIZES CONFIRMED (srsly, just check the thread)

So, our friendly troll Ed just came with this :

https://twitter.com/noobde/status/505507735169802240

check it out, people are already speculating that Kung Lao and others are confirmed(of course, without a clue, but it's the fun of the thing, right?)

_>_
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KotalKhanPosted: 08/29/2014 08:55 PMStatus ::


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Eds boot tweet??

Hey guys ed just put this up recently just wanna know what you make of it..

https://twitter.com/noobde/status/505507735169802240

AscottpwnsPosted: 08/29/2014 08:58 PMStatus ::


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RE: FOOT SIZES CONFIRMED (srsly, just check the thread)

That female foot only has 2 toes, gotta be Sheeva right?

That might piss a few people off if she gets in over some other classics.

RedSumacPosted: 08/29/2014 09:05 PMStatus ::


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Ascottpwns Wrote:
That female foot only has 2 toes, gotta be Sheeva right?



That might piss a few people off if she gets in over some other classics.

I don't think it's two toes - it's just typical asian footwear.

krajaxPosted: 08/29/2014 09:07 PMStatus ::


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RE: Eds boot tweet??

God I hope it's not what I'm thinking...

KotalKhanPosted: 08/29/2014 09:09 PMStatus ::


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krajax Wrote:
God I hope it's not what I'm thinking...


Which is?.....

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RE: Eds boot tweet??

4 U

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jimmykricketPosted: 08/29/2014 09:13 PMStatus ::


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RE: Eds boot tweet??

Does that fourth foot belong to Sheeva? Or a new female Shokan? It's definitely a female, and it definitely only has 2 toes.

hmmmmm!

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nightbreed_16Posted: 08/29/2014 09:14 PMStatus ::


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RE: Eds boot tweet??

Sheeva may be the fourth foot character lol.

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AscottpwnsPosted: 08/29/2014 09:15 PMStatus ::


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RE: FOOT SIZES CONFIRMED (srsly, just check the thread)

RedSumac Wrote:
Ascottpwns Wrote:
That female foot only has 2 toes, gotta be Sheeva right?





That might piss a few people off if she gets in over some other classics.


I don't think it's two toes - it's just typical asian footwear.


It would bum me out if Sheeva got in over some more deserving characters, so I hope you're right about that.

WeaponTheoryPosted: 08/29/2014 09:22 PMStatus ::


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RE: FOOT SIZES CONFIRMED (srsly, just check the thread)

Was wondering when this thread would appear, so here it goes.

First foot, I hate to say it, but, ninja. The padding on the shin looks scaly like. So I'm going to assume Reptile here.

Second...one bad ass motherfucker, that's who.

The third foot looks a bit small to be a male.
So I'm thinking a female Shaolin Monk is upon us.
inb4daughterliukang.

The fourth is either a female creature or a female ninja, but I'm leaning more towards a female ninja because I'm heavily reminded of Taki from Soul Calibur and her foot wear.

Fifth foot looks military-ish and I ain't talking any returning special forces character.

Sixth. No clue. Looks like it belongs to a classy mofo though.


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jimmykricketPosted: 08/29/2014 09:24 PMStatus ::


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nightbreed_16 Wrote:
Sheeva may be the fourth foot character lol.


I am SO hoping so! The 3rd foot looks like a female to me as well. Li Mei? Or someone new?

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WeaponTheoryPosted: 08/29/2014 09:27 PMStatus ::


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RedSumacPosted: 08/29/2014 09:28 PMStatus ::


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RE: FOOT SIZES CONFIRMED (srsly, just check the thread)

WeaponTheory Wrote:
First foot, I hate to say it, but, ninja. The padding on the shin looks scaly like. So I'm going to assume Reptile here.

The thing is first leg has skull-shaped kneepad and Reptile is not usually associated with such things (he had animal skull as part of his costume in MKDA).
I'd say it could be Quan Chi. He LUVS skulls.

Demon_0Posted: 08/29/2014 09:29 PMStatus ::


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RE: FOOT SIZES CONFIRMED (srsly, just check the thread)

Speculation on which boot belongs to what character aside, I'm thinking we might get a reveal of six characters at once? "One of these days, these boots are gonna walk all over U"? Or am i being a bit TOO optimistic? :)

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IcebabyPosted: 08/29/2014 09:29 PMStatus ::


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I dunno why, but I got the vibe he put that out on purpose because so many were expecting some sort of character reveal.

I'm not gonna try and guess who's foot belongs to who, I'm just hoping that some of them are new. That classy mofo in number six though.









I wonder what Hankypanky has to say about this, since he has a serious fetish with shoes.

jimmykricketPosted: 08/29/2014 09:29 PMStatus ::


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WeaponTheory Wrote:




Seriously?


as a heart attack.

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CasselmanPosted: 08/29/2014 09:30 PMStatus ::


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RE: Eds boot tweet??

From left to right, my guesses:

Shinnok/Quan Chi
Noob Saibot
Liu Kang
Tanya
Shujinko
Quan Chi/Shinnok

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AscottpwnsPosted: 08/29/2014 09:31 PMStatus ::


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The first one looks like Baraka to me, the way it's positioned looks a lot like his MK9 stance.

The 2nd and 5th one both look like they could be Quan Chi or Jax.

jimmykricketPosted: 08/29/2014 09:33 PMStatus ::


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Casselman Wrote:
From left to right, my guesses:



Shinnok

Noob Saibot

Liu Kang

Tanya

Shujinko

Quan Chi / Monster Scorpion


#4 really looks like a human foot to you? Just asking. I immediately thought "creature".

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RedSumacPosted: 08/29/2014 09:34 PMStatus ::


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Quan Chi
*unknown*
*Shaolin Monk* (Kai? ressurected Kung Lao or Liu Kang (unlikely))
*Female Ninja* (Skarlet?)
*Millitary guy*
*unknown / ninja character* (Ermac?)

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You guys, that two toe thing could probably be, ya know, split toe shoes? I want Sheeva, but that's nowhere near a legitimate clue.

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jimmykricketPosted: 08/29/2014 09:37 PMStatus ::


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J-spit Wrote:
You guys, that two toe thing could probably be, ya know, split toe shoes? I want Sheeva, but that's nowhere near a legitimate clue.


True, we're just speculating. I would thoroughly enjoy and main MKX Sheeva.

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CasselmanPosted: 08/29/2014 09:39 PMStatus ::


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RE: Eds boot tweet??

jimmykricket Wrote:
Casselman Wrote:
From left to right, my guesses:





Shinnok


Noob Saibot


Liu Kang


Tanya


Shujinko


Quan Chi / Monster Scorpion




#4 really looks like a human foot to you? Just asking. I immediately thought "creature".


I admit it doesn't look like human toes but I've seen it look similar.

Refining my predictions.

Havik
Quan Chi
Liu Kang
Tanya
Shujinko
Shinnok

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